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No laughing in basketball

If you haven't already heard about it, Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas earned a technical last night after throwing Rasheed Wallace to the floor, perhaps in retaliation for Sheed splitting open Z's skull the day before. How did Sheed react to the play? He laughed it off, which somehow earned him a technical foul, as well. (Need 4 Sheed has the video.)

Rasheed talked about it after the game:

"No laughing in basketball, it's a serious sport or you're going to get thrown out," Wallace said, with a sarcastic lilt. "When you're on top, all people are going to do is bring you down. That's pretty much all I can say about that. We just have to keep doing what we've been doing, all the techs, like three, four, five a game, all we do is win.

"That's the ultimate spit in the face right there. They want to see the downfall, but we can't let them."

The Pistons are appealing Sheed's latest tech, and with any luck, it will be repealed. As things stand today, Sheed has 15 techs, but Flip Saunders alluded the other day that a couple of those might have been repealed by the league.

Technically, this is a trend [Detroit News]